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Committee to Protect Bloggers

In some countries, bloggers are jailed for blogging.

A school in N.J. has told all its students that if they blog, they will be suspended.

Committee to Protect Bloggers

Conscientious Objector

Sometimes The Olympian does it right.

A question of conscience

Treaty Rights

Washington State History Museum has a good site that lays out information on The Treaty Trail: Isaac Stevens' Treaty Councils, 1854 - 1856. I especially like their section on Chief Leschi that details the events and conflicts.

Chief Leschi, a Nisqually leader, was exonerated by a Washington Historical Court, 146 some years after he was killed.

The Treaty Trail

This photo says it all, Tony Overman photo of Billy Frank Jr. and Cynthia Iyall, murder conviction of Chief Leschi overturned. (Update: photo link is dead)

Mental

I keep an eye out for good NW writers, one is Philip Dawdy who writes for The Seattle Weekly. He writes on a variety of themes. Last year he did a series of articles on mental health, they are all worth reading, Psyched Out an example of the high quality.

Amidst this whirl of disorder, I learned three crucial things. One, I wasn't going to kill myself. Second, I had far more power over my fate than any doctor ever let on. Third, the existentialists weren't joking: The world is truly absurd.

Burke Museum Collection Investigated

I'm tempted to try some bad puns concerning this story, bones and museums make for.....well anyway, the puns would be bad.

But this story is good. The Burke Museum in Seattle is being aired out. Concerns about serious problems with the collection, including possible illegal doings, are being addressed.

Ugly Americans

I know many of us Americans are stressed. Jobs are being outsourced, the economy sucks, tensions rise. We can't have a sit down with Mr. Bush and tell him what's what, besides, we often believe we should never ever question our president. At work, we are yelled at. At home, we try to do some yelling ourselves.

And when the computer breaks, when we have to discuss an insurance claim, when we have to deal with yet another unpleasant phone call, what do we do? We yell.

We don't just raise the volume of our voice. We really get into it, racist insults, intentional cruelty directed at the person on the other end of the line. A person who is just doing their job, a job that shouldn't have to include dealing with Ugly Americans.

Be a Hero

I appreciate this essay in today's Olympian: Heroes are not afraid to speak up in support of others , by Eileen Yoshina. The entire essay is well worth reading.

The truth is this: It is the ordinary among us - the European American, middle-class, straight, Christian people who see themselves as just regular folks - who have the greatest power in our society to end discrimination.

It is a power so great, in fact, it is as though they have a super-hero costume on under their clothes emblazoned with the word ALLY! in gold letters. And once they decide to duck into the nearest phone booth, rip off their ordinary guy/gal disguise and dare to align themselves with someone unlike them they are unstoppable.

During a candlelit vigil for the dead of this war recently, I had a great conversation with an older white man who had helped register black voters during Freedom Summer . He worked hard against intolerance and still does in whatever capacity he can.

He told me that he doesn't feel like he has done enough, ever, not back then, and not now. That gave me pause. I thanked him for his work in the past but I don't know that the thanks sunk in. It was already time to talk about the next vigil, the next protest.

Time Photo Essay: Honor After the Fall

This is heart breaking.

Honor After the Fall: Informing military familes that loved ones have died in Iraq.

Crow

I listened recently to a discussion concerning crows on KUOW. John M. Marzluff and Tony Angell have put out a book In The Company of Crows and Ravens and I found the interview with the authors fascinating.

Two things especially stick in my mind:

"Mentally, crows and ravens are more like flying monkeys than they are like other birds."

And also that when crows watch us, they really watch us, they even keep track of what we are watching. They watch our eyes. Imagine.

Both my son and I have dive bombed by crows stories. Do crows come after us because we are tall? It is all a mystery.

I wonder if wearing one of Nikki McClure's crow tshirts from buyolympia.com would help.

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